How to propagate Snowflake Viburnum and Pink Fringe Lorapetalum

Kathy BochonkoAugust 28, 2005

I am interested in trying some propagating-- Snowflake Viburnum and Pink Fringe Lorapetalum. I am assuming both can be done via softwood cutting, I read mention somewhere that I need to take a heel with the lorapetalum. Has anyone successfully rooted either of these? If so can you give a newbie step by step advice? What sort of medium. Can I still root some for in time for the fall trade? I am also hoping to root Caryopteris 'Sunshine Blue' will these three need different methods? I am still pretty new to propagation but I think it is fun. I have done a few hydrangeas and other easy ones like that. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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bruggirl100(z9 FL)

I've rooted lorapetalum by scraping the underside of a limb and anchoring it to the ground with a rock. It layered quite easily that way.

Down here in Florida, we take semi-hardwood cuttings and use the liquid type rooting hormone, which is more successful with rooting shrubbery cuttings.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2005 at 11:22AM
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lindagail41(zone 7 GA)

I have had a hard time propagating most viburnums by cuttings and I am not familiar with the Snowflake, but the other responder was right about layering a branch on the ground. If you can keep it moist, you may have roots before the trade.

I have done the purple leaf lorapetalum successfully about 5 times out of 30. I hadn't heard about taking the heel, I will try that soon. I take semi-hard cuttings, dip in harmone and either put in good potting soil and "tent" it in plastic, or stick directly into the ground (mostly compost) by a mister. You won't have good roots before the trade. I usually wait about two months and then find just the beginning of roots. I lose most of mine at this point when I transplant them too early. The green leaf ones are a different subject. I have rooted those much more successfully and in a shorter time. And both take about two years before they begin branching and looking like anything but the cutting you began with--they don't lost their leaves during the process.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2005 at 9:21AM
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